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NISSAN MAINTAINS NO. 2 IMPORT SPOT WITH 18.8 PERCENT APRIL SALES INCREASE

 Altima and Quest Set All-Time Sales Records
 CARSON, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan Division of Nissan


Motor Corp. U.S.A. today announced April 1993 vehicle sales of 53,842 units, an increase of 18.8 percent over April 1992 and the division's seventh consecutive monthly increase.
 Both the Nissan Altima mid-size sedan and the Quest minivan set new monthly sales records, continuing to spearhead Nissan's volume growth in recent months. Model-year-to-date, Nissan's market share of the Big 3 imports is up a full 3.5 percentage points, re- establishing Nissan as the second largest import automaker in the United States.
 Altima sales of 10,604 units were up 32.8 percent over the previous month, more than doubling its share of the mid-size sedan segment vs. last year. Altima sales now total 65,955 since launch last September. Total sedan sales (Sentra, Altima and Maxima) continue strong, with Maxima sales of 9,666 units representing its highest volume in 18 months. Sedans currently represent 91.5 percent of Nissan's car volume on a model-year-to-date basis.
 Momentum for the Nissan Quest minivan continues to build as it also set another new sales record. With sales of 4,636 units, it marks the first time that Quest has sold more than 4,000 units on a monthly basis. Versus March 1993, Quest sales were up 30.8 percent.
 "April marks the fourth consecutive month that Nissan has earned the No. 2 position among import automakers," said Earl J. Hesterberg, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "It's clear that our marketing efforts for Altima and Quest are boosting sales of all Nissan models and driving the resurgence of Nissan in America."
 Other Nissan vehicles with significant sales increases included Pathfinder, with 3,622 units in April (up 31.8 percent vs. last April, and the 240SX and 300ZX convertibles, which both set all-time records since their introductions last spring.
 Nissan Division's overall vehicle sales are up significantly for both the model and calendar year-to-date periods, increasing 14.8 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively.
 Total Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A. sales, including Infiniti Division, were 58,336, up 20 percent over April 1992.
 NISSAN MOTOR CORP. U.S.A.
 Sales Report - April 1993
 Nissan Division Domestic 10-Day Results
 1st 10 Days Last Year Pct +/-
 Total car 3,795 1,602 136.9
 Total truck 2,497 2,045 22.1
 Grand total 6,292 3,647 72.5
 Selling days 9 9
 2nd 10 Days Last Year Pct +/-
 Total car 5,194 2,628 97.6
 Total truck 3,656 3,314 10.3
 Grand total 8,850 5,942 48.9
 Selling days 8 8
 3rd 10 Days Last Year Pct +/-
 Total car 9,902 5,737 72.6
 Total truck 6,688 6,664 0.4
 Grand total 16,590 12,401 33.8
 Selling days 9 9
 Month-End Results
 April Year Pct CYTD Last Pct
 1993 Ago +/- Total Year +/-
 Nissan Motor Corp. -
 total 58,336 48,628 20.0 197,413 168,862 18.1
 Selling days 26 26 102 103
 Memo:
 Nissan Division
 total sales 53,842 45,324 18.8 182,457 156,781 17.5
 Import
 Car 18,488 20,586 -10.2 57,971 72,558 -19.3
 Truck 3,622 2,748 31.8 14,344 9,632 50.4
 Total Import 22,110 23,334 -5.2 72,315 82,190 -11.2
 Domestic
 Car 18,891 9,967 89.5 65,926 34,490 93.0
 Truck 12,841 12,023 6.8 44,216 40,101 11.3
 Total
 Domestic 31,732 21,990 44.3 110,142 74,591 49.1
 Total Car 37,379 30,553 22.3 123,897 107,048 16.9
 Total Truck 16,463 14,771 11.5 58,560 49,733 18.9
 (Hawaii)(a) 267 325 -17.8 2,088 1,748 20.6
 Infiniti Division
 total sales 4,494 3,304 36.0 14,956 12,081 25.0
 (Hawaii)(a) 6 12 39 32
 (a) Hawaii numbers are for information only, and are not included in division totals as of Jan. 1, 1993. Note that previous Infiniti Division reportings included Hawaii.
 -0- 5/4/93
 /CONTACT: Lynn Folse or Mark Adams of Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A., 310-719-3165, or Rick Christopher of Nissan News Bureau, 310-719-5662/


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